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Drexel Biomedical Engineering (BME) & Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Rankings

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It is only possible to push new frontiers when standing on a strong foundation. Drexel BIOMED is an interdisciplinary powerhouse of biomedical engineering and science research with a 60-year history.

How is Drexel University BME Ranked?

  • Landing in the top 8 percent of America’s institutions of higher education, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and Times Higher Education (THE) College Rankings place Drexel University 74th out of 968 other colleges and universities across the country.
  • Drexel University is ranked #75 in Best Engineering Schools nationwide by US News & World Reports.
  • Master's Program Guide ranked Drexel University #1 in the Greater Philadelphia area for Best Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering, and #14 nationwide.
  • Drexel University has been designated at the highest level of research activity from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, assigning Drexel to its R1 Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity category.
  • College Factual ranked Drexel's Biomedical Engineering as #3 most popular BME program in the country.
  • Drexel's Biomedical Engineering program is ranked 7 out of 96 for veteran friendliness of all colleges and universities reviewed by College Factual. This puts Drexel in the top 10 when it comes to offering a quality education to veterans in biomedical engineering.
  • Drexel University is ranked the most innovative mid-sized research university in the country by George W. Bush Institute and Opus Faveo Innovation Development.
  • Drexel University is ranked #1 best college for students with autism. US News, College Autism Spectrum, Collegexpress, College Autism Network, Savingforcollege and Think College all also praise Drexel University’s inclusive and highly accessible approach to autism support.

Did you know?

There are currently eleven faculty of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows, representing the top 2% of biomedical engineers. These members include:

  • Paul Brandt Rauf, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and Dean (2019)
  • Wan Shih, PhD, professor (2019)
  • Steven Kurtz, PhD, research professor (2019)
  • Ken Barbee, PhD, professor, Senior Associate Dean, and Associate Dean for Research (2015)
  • Hualou Liang, professor (2011)
  • Rami Seliktar, professor emeritus (2010
  • Peter Lewin, Richard B. Beard Distinguished University Professor (2007)
  • Margaret Wheatley, John M. Reid Professor (2000)
  • Banu Onaral, H. H. Sun Professor and Senior Advisor to the President, Global Partnerships, was a Founding Fellow of AIMBE (1993)
  • Dov Jaron, professor emeritus, Calhoun Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Medicine (1992)

Meet Distinguished Drexel BME Faculty

Highlighting Collaboration Across Disciplines: Business & Innovation

Drexel BIOMED is a leader in “technology transfer” and "translational medical research", turning its research into commercialized products or research-driven startup companies that save lives. Drexel graduate students can gain first-hand experience in the translational phase of a new technology with the Coulter Fellows program.

National Centers of Excellence (COE) at Drexel

Drexel Biomed's partnership provides opportunities for faculty and students to participate in cutting-edge research in the areas listed below. The COEs are established through cooperative agreements with government agencies and the nation's premier universities who conduct focused research and development (R & D) over a period of 10 years.

  • Drexel is a core member of the Solutions for Operational Aviation Research (SOAR) Center of Excellence (COE)
  • The Technical Training and Human Performance (TTHP) Center of Excellence (COE) is the second for which Drexel serves as a core institution.
  • Drexel is also a core member of the unmanned aircraft systems.
    As part of the five-year FAA-funded research, Drexel’s team will collaborate with both other member academic institutions of the MSU-led Alliance for System Safety of UAS Through Research Excellence (ASSURE) and key industry partners and government agencies. ASSURE, which will serve as the National Center for Excellence, will bring these experts together to address the most pressing concerns when it comes to regulating the operation of unmanned aircraft systems in national airspace.

What is the Drexel BME Student Acceptance Rate?

2019 Drexel BIOMED SAT Scores

The incoming class of 2019 SAT scores in Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing range between 520 and 800. Scores in Math trend slightly higher than Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.

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BME Student Diversity at a Glance

2021 Incoming Class

  • New Class Size
    Drexel: 2831 / BIOMED: 97

Degrees Awarded 2021

  • Bachelors: 85
  • Masters: 72
  • Doctorates: 6


  • Male 48%
  • Female 52%

Race & Ethnicity

  • African American 4%
  • Asian 26%
  • Caucasian 46%
  • Hispanic/Latino 7%
  • Nonresident Alien 10%
  • Two Or More Races 4%
  • Unknown 3%

Average Starting Salary Offer

  • Average: $65,833
  • Median: $70,000
  • DU Average: $63,417

Frequently Asked Questions about Biomedical Engineering

Why Choose BIOMED for Pre-med?

Learn why Biomedical Engineering is the most natural course of study to get you into medical school.

Why is an Experiential Learning Co-op in Biomedical Engineering Better than an Internship?

Learn why the majority of students in Biomedical Engineering choose the 5-year program and how they graduate with 18 months of full-time work experience, and often with a job offer from their third co-op employer or from a connection made from one of their co-op experiences.

How can I participate in Biomedical Engineering Research?

The STAR Scholars Program is a competitive program offered by the Pennoni Honors College to first-year students with an interest in research.

Meet a STAR Scholar

Alison Kane, Rising Sophomore

Watch Rising Sophomore Alison Kane (Advisor: Dr. Joseph Sarver) describe her experience tackling advanced research as a STAR Scholar